Imagine a future when people can literally buy time? Well, that's how the new movie In Time (2011) premise' starts off anyway.
Will, a young man living in an age when money can buy time, finds himself with a lot of time on his hands. But instead of enjoying the surplus of time, he is forced on the run by the 'Timekeeper'. Now just imagine for a moment what it would actually be like if you could stop ageing at 25, and from then on buy your way through life? But there is a catch. Everyone only lives until 25 years of age, and from then on, every activity of their day is timed. Sleeping, eating, going to work, even the smallest of tasks to the biggest all consume time, which you have to pay for. People who cannot afford money must beg, borrow or steal time just to make it through each day, while the rich continually spend and add up the years. In this world, the richest, not the strongest, survive.
The main role is played by Justin Timberlake, who is a relatively new act on the set ever since his appearance in recent popular flicks such as The Social Network (2010). Although a questionable role, he has managed to make his transition from singstar to actor quite seamlessly – but then again, he has been accustomed to the spotlight. There are also a few other famous actors, such as Amanda Seyfried and Olivia Wilde, which one can recognise from other roles in certain films, but I will leave the 'role matching' to you. The film was directed and produced by Andrew Niccol, who some may remember from such movies as The Truman Show (1998). For those who don't know, this man is a New Zealand director and producer, which brings this film a little more closer to home.
The idea of money equalling time is like an actualisation of the cliché – "time is money". In such a time period, it is hard to imagine the limits to which desperate people will go to live just one more minute, hour or day. Although the whole concept is not a new (or realistic) one, it is certainly a different 'lens' in which to view the world. Referred to informally as 'timedollars' by some, the way it works is everyone has an electronic digital countdown time of sorts on their arms. Once the clocks runs out, the person self-destructs, unless of course, they can get their hands on extra time units (usually by working or buying), and in theory, one can get rich enough to live for a long, long time. It's a movie that sometimes takes time to wrap your head around, but one that is quite thought-provoking.
So if you consider yourself an action, sci-fi thriller movie fan, than this is certainly a film down your alley.